The Pirates announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Pat Light from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Pirates designated pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla for assignment to create roster space.
Light, 25, was designated for assignment by the Twins on Monday. The right-hander made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, then joined the Twins on August 1 in the Fernando Abad trade. Across 16 2/3 innings of relief, Light yielded 21 earned runs on 22 hits and 16 walks with 16 strikeouts. Control has always been an issue for Light, but the Pirates likely see potential with his mid-90’s fastball.
The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.
Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.
Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.
Viva organizational depth.